2016 has witnessed a broad range of smartphones starting from low-end to the premium range. Google Android operating system accounts the vast majority in today’s smartphone market in India as well as globally.
Many Android smartphones came with 4GB of RAM, which matches the size of a regular laptop. Alongside, the technology of screen of a smartphone with 2K and 4K display has matched Full HD television sets. The camera quality is one of the massive improvement that we have seen in 2016 smartphone, by embedding dual lens primary camera and beautifying selfie camera with front flash.
With all of these in mind, here we give you a list of the best Android smartphones of 2016 to buy in India. These handsets offer the right mix of performance and features.
After partnering with multiple handset makers over the years for Nexus smartphones, Google has finally produced a smartphone, which is entirely designed and made by Google – right from the software of the phone to the design. The Pixel XL is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 paired with 4GB of RAM and comes in 32 and 128GB of storage. It offers a very familiar design and a superb 5.5-inch 2K display. Google also has integrated an impressive camera on the phone. This can easily compete and stand against the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and even the iPhone 7. Click here to get more details of Google Pixel XL.
Samsung was the first company to market its 2016 flagship smartphone in India. The Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge refines the whole glass and metal design, which were introduced in the last year’s flagship – the Galaxy S6 range of smartphones. The Galaxy S7 is waterproof with the support of microSD card of up to 200 GB. The handset is powered by all new Exynos 8890 SoC and 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. It sports a 5.1-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 2560×1400 pixels, and in the camera department, it has 12MP primary camera and 5MP selfie camera. Click here to get more details of Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.
OnePlus 3T is considered as an all-rounder smartphone of 2016. It offers the best performance and worth for the money among all the latest flagship Android smartphones. OnePlus has crafted the handset with all-metal, but the phone has a quite similar look of HTC One M9. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC and has massive 6GB of RAM. The 16MP camera on the back does not disappoint either and offers PDAF as well as OIS. It sports a 5.5-inch display and comes in two storage models 64/128GB. Click here to get details of OnePlus 3T.
LG has witnessed a great competition in the smartphone world. With the launch of LG G5, the company claimed it as the world’s first modular smartphone. It offers a metal build and a fingerprint sensor. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC paired with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of native storage, along with microSD card support of up to 200GB. The 5.3-inch display offers 2560 x 1440 pixel screen resolution. The handset has a removable battery and also be selling various accessories under its Friends ecosystem for the LG G5, including a camera grip with extra battery, an external amplifier and more. Click here to get details of LG G5.
The HTC 10 is another great Android smartphone in the flagship range. It features the elegant HTC design, with the latest generation hardware to boot. It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC paired with 4GB of RAM and has 32GB of internal storage. It sports an OIS-assisted 12MP UltraPixel rear camera, which is great to shoot with, and also has OIS on the front camera. HTC has also mastered the 2K display featuring the 5.2-inch LCD5 2K resolution panel on the phone. Click here to get details of HTC 10.
Xiaomi’s flagship device Mi5 is a complete upgrade over its previous flagship smartphone – the Mi4. The Mi5 got a complete makeover from an incredibly ergonomic body with a glass-and-metal chassis. It features a 5.15-inch display that offers a well-balanced colour gamut and Full HD screen resolution. The device is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC, paired with 3GB of RAM and only 32GB storage variant has been launched in India. Click here to get details of Xiaomi Mi5.
The Huawei Honor 8 is yet another highly-rated smartphone in 2016 that won many hearts. The glass covered front and back & the appealing colours of the Honor 8 made this handset an exceptional one. It’s colour and monochrome lens combination, captures better detail in photos, which ultimately helped deliver better quality photographs. The Honor 8 also fingerprint scanner also doubled up as a customizable button to perform actions like toggling the flashlight, camera, etc. Click here to get details of Huawei Honor 8.
The Le Max 2 is slightly larger phone, but it is one of the most affordable device to offer a flagship class. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC, paired with 3GB of RAM and has 32GB of storage space. This LeEco flagship handset features a bright 5.7-inch 2K display with good viewing angles. It can take upon all kinds of tasks and is very well built. Further, the 21MP rear camera did a good job as well, although the battery life could have been better. Click here to get details of LeEco Le Max 2.
Another great device, Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is exceptional in terms of productivity. It features a bright 5.7-inch AMOLED display with 2K screen resolution, offering good viewing angles and S-Pen compatibility. It is powered by Samsung’s previous generation Exynos 7420 SoC, the Galaxy Note 5 is still one of the fastest Android phones in the market. Click here to get details of Samsung Galaxy Note 5.
TThe ZenFone 3 Deluxe one-up of the already premium ZenFone 3 Ultra that too was launched by the Taiwanese electronics giant – Asus. Its metal body is firm and of a premium build, and has no visible antenna lines, which shows the fine engineering effort. The only drawback with this phone is the full-HD display. It packs a Snapdragon 821 SoC and 6GB of RAM, and the high-end SKU comes with a whopping 256GB of internal storage. Click here to get details of Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe.